The history of literature is the historical development of writings in prose or poetry that attempt to provide entertainment, enlightenment, or instruction to the reader/listener/observer, as well as the development of the literary techniques used in the communication of these pieces. A short history of english literature 2 the anglo-saxon period (the earliest time - 1066) social background:- the making of england the invasion of roman empire in the 4th ad the attacks of vikings etc literature:- beowulf, the earliest literature, the national epic of the anglo-saxon,one of the striking features- the use of alliteration. History of english literature volume ii by taine, hippolyte a hippolyte a taine and a great selection of similar used, new and collectible books available now at abebookscom.
It is most important that a serious student of a literature study the latest history of that literature while david daiches, legouis and cazamian are excellent surveys of the history of english literature, they are dated. Books shelved as english-literature: pride and prejudice by jane austen, wuthering heights by emily brontë, jane eyre by charlotte brontë, 1984 by george. Muhammad rafiq is a freelance writer, blogger, and translator with a master's degree in english literature from the university of malakand the origin of the drama is deep-rooted in the religious predispositions of mankind same is the case not only with english drama, but with dramas of other.
Alexander's (english literature, st andrews university) history of english literature traces the developments of english literature from the old english period to its present day a narrative which is also a discussion of major authors, the history reads as a whole, but serves as a reference. English literature, the body of written works produced in the english language by inhabitants of the british isles (including ireland) from the 7th century to the present day.
Edmund spenser, who has the greatest lyric gift of any english poet in the two centuries since chaucer, is a graduate of cambridge and by inclination a humanist pedant his inspiration comes largely from a desire to rival his classical and renaissance predecessors the framework of the poem is an. A brief history of english literature introduction this study guide is intended for gce advanced and advanced supplementary (a2 and as) level students in the uk, who are taking exams or modules in english literature.
The author treats 14 centuries of the history of english literature in such a scholarly manner as to intermix outside influences, as they affected the writings the book is a masterful piece that has no comparison in world literature. A brief history of english literature notes poetry in the later 20th century between the two wars, a revival of romanticism in poetry is associated with the work of wh (wystan hugh) auden (1907-73), louis macneice (190763) and cecil day-lewis (1904-72.
A history of english literature which omitted the likes of walter scott, dylan thomas, oscar wilde and joseph conrad in the interests of strict geographical accuracy would be a deficient one, and the short oxford history of british and irish literature written in english would be an unwieldy title. Literature history henry augustin beers was a literature historian and professor at yale who lived at the turn of the 19th century he wrote intensely detailed histories of american and english literature, covering the periods up until what were his modern times. The history of english literature is the development of writings and literary techniques used in it over time english literature is a hundred years old and continues to be the most popular course of study in high schools and institutions of higher learning.
A history of english literature preliminary how to study and judge literature 2 if you find that the poets of the anglo−saxon 'beowulf' have given a clear and. The story of english literature begins with the germanic tradition of the anglo-saxon settlers beowulf stands at its head the french poetic tradition inclines to lines of a regular metrical length, usually linked by rhyme into couplets or stanzas german poetry depends more on rhythm and stress.